I was running last weekend (9 miles!) for my half-marathon training. We had pretty crappy weather: a blizzard was blowing in. I knew I had to get the run in, so I was running outside when the snow started to fall.
And you know what? It was amazing.
The snowflakes were beautiful. It was peaceful since there weren’t many other people out. I was running in the woods, and it was fun to see the squirrels and birds preparing for the storm.
But that’s not really the point of this post. The point is: lots of people, especially non-runners, would have advised against that run. I have heard it before – lots of rationalizations: “It’s too cold to be outside.” ”You could just skip this run. No big deal.” ”It’s not safe.”
Most of this advice comes from a place of concern. My family and friends don’t want me to get hit by a car on the road, attacked, frozen, etc. And I appreciate that sentiment.
However, almost every runner I have ever talked to loves running in the snow. It is so much better than running in the rain (since rain guarantees you will get wet, whereas snow tends to brush off). And if I discuss running with people who have trained for half marathon races or longer, I hear all kinds of amazing stories. Training in the dark. Training in the rain. Training in the cold. Runners are incredibly resilient.
So whose advice should I take?
As I was running in the snow last Sunday, it was obvious to me that I had made the right choice, based on advice from other runners.
I started thinking about how people love to give advice (even about things that they don’t do), and how I let that crappy advice influence my decisions.
Going forward, I plan to only take advice from people who have achieved the things that I want to achieve in life. It is the new year, and everyone is making resolutions. As I think about the things that I want to improve in 2011, I look forward to learning and implementing wisdom from people who are living lives like the one I want to be living. Here’s a quick list of who they are:
Have you ever acted on awesome advice? How did that go?
Also coincidentally, check out this post from yesterday about focusing on the negative rather than the positive.